By DAVID CLAYBOURN
The summer vacation officially ended at 8 a.m. on Monday for the Greenville Lady Lions’ volleyball team.
The Lady Lions started their two-a-day workouts at that time under the guidance of returning head coach Amanda Marek. They practiced from 8 to 10 a.m. and again from noon to 3 p.m. They’ll follow that schedule through Thursday in preparation for their first preseason scrimmage on Friday at Caddo Mills. Greenville will also scrimmage Sulphur Springs and Wills Point on Saturday at Wills Point before officially opening the season on Aug. 13 at Princeton.
Thirty-two Lady Lions showed up for the start of practice. They did some running, conditioning and worked on the fundamentals of volleyball.
“We do a mile on the track that they have to make in eight minutes,” said Marek. “We did different conditioning drills in the gym. We’re also hitting the weight room, trying to get stronger.
“This team’s goal would be working on being the best team we can be this year,” she said.
The Lady Lions finished with a 5-9 record last season in District 13-4A play. They return five veterans off that team including Melanie Collazos, Kalli Moyer, Savannah Himes, Lauren McManus and Kassidy Watson. The rest of the varsity candidates are players who were on the freshman or junior varsity squad last season.
Marek said some of the players reported in good condition.
“We’re very pleased with some of the kids’ conditioning that they kept up through the summer,” she said.